Horry County features several fierce football rivalries, but perhaps none of them can match Conway against Myrtle Beach.
The Tigers and Seahawks have a history that dates back more than half a century. Conway dominated the rivalry for a long time before Myrtle Beach turned the tide in its favor and got in on the fun about a decade ago.
Conway won 37 of the first 44 meetings but Myrtle Beach has won nine of the past 11. The Seahawks have all but owned the Tigers since former Conway quarterback Mickey Wilson Jr. was handed the reins to the Myrtle Beach program in 2009. Under Wilson, the Seahawks have beaten their archrivals seven of the past nine years.
Although Myrtle Beach has rivalries with Horry County neighbors Socastee, Carolina Forest and North Myrtle Beach, Wilson believes the biggest rivalry is still against Conway.
“That’s always been the biggest game in Horry County and I think it will continue on that path,” Wilson said. “You have two towns or communities that love football. Both have a lot of tradition. It’s been fun. We were fortunate to upset Conway in a close game last year.”
The 13-12 loss the Tigers suffered at Myrtle Beach a season ago still haunts Conway coach Carlton Terry.
“We’d like to get that Bell back to Conway,” Terry said. “Because of Myrtle Beach’s record against us the past 10 years, the kids look forward to it. They were disappointed last year. We’re excited about playing Myrtle Beach, but all of the other teams as well.”
There will also be a lot of interest in the Myrtle Beach versus Carolina Forest, Myrtle Beach versus Socastee and Myrtle Beach versus North Myrtle Beach contests.
Conway also has big games scheduled against North Myrtle Beach, Socastee and Carolina Forest.
“We’re pretty fortunate in our county,” Wilson said. “You have a lot of bigger schools who play each other. There’s a lot of rivalries in Horry County. You have schools that are close to each other. That makes it intense. We were pretty young and inexperienced last year. We had some bumps in the road last year and our kids are excited about getting back on the field.”
Aynor at Green Sea (Aug. 31)
Green Sea at Loris (Sept. 7)
Socastee at Myrtle Beach (Sept. 7)
Carolina Forest at Myrtle Beach (Sept. 14)
Myrtle Beach at Conway (Sept. 21)
Loris at Aynor (Oct. 19)
Conway at Carolina Forest (Oct. 26)
North Myrtle Beach at Myrtle Beach (Oct. 26)
Socastee at St. James (Oct. 26)